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Wednesday, Feb 25 2009

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I've had two eureka moments over the past month or so. Well, the first is more of dawning realization than a revelation, but they both have been profound.

The dawning realization is that for the first time since my early teens, I like the way I look. And while I have lost the baby weight and am in fairly good shape in general, its more than the objective things. Its is as if I suddenly see my body in light of the fact that I worked hard for the past year with/on it, that it has withstood the overcoming of two unhealthy addictions, that it has conceived, carried, and birthed two babies. Yes there are strange lumps, and my breasts have suddenly changed sizes, but I see that less now that I would have a few years ago. Instead, I see my green eyes and my curvy shape, and at worst, I'm fine with it, and at best I'm happy with it.

The true eureka comes from the knowledge that my biology is likely to pick me up and slam me against the wall with its desire for another child. And I've been worrying for some time about how I would resist the urge - which sounds flippant, but isn't. I can't describe the degree to which I felt COMPELLED to get pregnant with both Will and Ellen. There was no fighting it. But, a family of four is so very much the right size for us that we both really think we need to stop at two children. I finally thought about the issue in context of what Will and Ellen have done to my heart. My heart breaks every day over them - with love, with frustration, with a total bouleversement of my being, of my soul. I have come to a place where the idea of living in a world without either of them literally, literally, literally knocks the wind out of me. And I simply cannot survive another love like that. The only voice my biology will to is that of my heart. And my heart says, "I can't take anymore love." I laughingly described what is actually a very serious thing for me, to Steve, as "My heart is already hurt in advance for when Will and Ellen are 25 and don't call me. I simply won't give birth to another child who turns 25 and won't call me!"

I took this thought further, though, and have begun to see my what I call my struggle with motherhood more in light of this passion that overwelms me, and less through the lense of my self-doubt and constant self-critcism. Of course I struggle with being a mother when the feelings are so intense, and when my husband and I have chosen a way of life that neither of us have seen first hand before. There is no question, I need to always 'watch' myself because of this level of intensity in my soul about who I am as a mother, but it feels as if I am slowly, almost begrudingly, forgiving myself for being me.

Why, why, why does it have to be this way? Why does it have to take 20 plus years to feel okay in my own skin? The unfairness of it make me cry.

And, oh, dear god, how do I save Ellen from this?

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4 comments so far.


9 years ago

They will call you. :kiss: And you just think you don't have room for love--I think our hearts are infinitely expandable! But stopping at 2 is probably a good thing for many other reasons. I hope I can get to feeling OK in my own skin someday. I was thrilled to read that you are feeling that way these days!




9 years ago

Oh, Lynnie.....I SO know what you're talking about. My heart soars and plummets with each triumph/adversity my children have. I wish I could disconnect, but I can't. They laugh at me for it, but they also know where to come when they're hurting. // You SHOULD like how you look....because you're beautiful and I'm glad you acknowledge and feel that! You will not add to Ellen's dissatisfaction with herself, and that's a good thing. You are a positive, uncritical mother. However, 7th grade looms ahead. There's no stopping it. Sorry. :kiss:




9 years ago

Glad you are happy with your body. That is a major plus. Curvy is GOOD! It's so IN right now! :laugh5: I understand how you feel about kids and more of them... or not... It sounds like your family is complete and that is a great thing to KNOW.. :kiss:




9 years ago

First of all...thanks for the vocabulary lesson, I had to look up that b word up there (bouleversement). Second...I can so relate to the "when they turn 25 and don't call me" ... but this is where it becomes really important to develop your own identity and make sure that you take care of YOU in addition to taking care of every one else. Being a mom is intense, no doubt about it! :kiss: